Behold: It’s the ‘New’ iPad!

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Clearly, we’ve been wrong about the naming of the latest iPad. It’s not called iPad 3 or iPad HD. Apple christened it with just iPad, and affixing ‘new’ before it. They are apparently following the naming convention of the iMacs – which is confusing because different devices tend to end up with similar names. In any case, let’s cut to the chase and discuss the star of the show.

Many of the rumors that came up regarding the features of the next gen iPad turned out to be true. Some just didn’t make it but we’re still glad. Here’s the roll:

Display

It’s one of the most anticipated features and fortunately the rumors did not fail us. The display of new iPad is indeed a Retina Display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 resulting into 264 ppi goodness. The screen also improved its color saturation than its predecessor.

A5X Chipset

It’s a little disappointing that the new iPad didn’t turn out to have an A6 chip but nonetheless the A5x processor is a welcome improvement. It has an improved GPU – a quad-core graphics chip to fuel the HD awesomeness of the screen. Apple also claims that their new chip delivers up to four times the performance of Tegra 3. It’s quite a statement I say.

Camera

It’s not a leap to an 8 Megapixel shooter, but the new iPad does possess a 5 Megapixel camera with backside illuminated sensor with a five element lens. It is also capable of capturing 1080p video. Unfortunately the front facing camera is stuck with a VGA one.

Connectivity

LTE is finally a feature of the iPad. With this you could take advantage of fast data transfers of up to 73Mbps on both Verizon and AT&T Network. It also supports 21Mbps HSPA+ and 42Mbps DC-HSDPA of connectivity. Truly, browsing the web with a high-res screen will be a sniff.

Battery

The only downside of the HD screen and the LTE radio is the battery compromise. To assure the longevity of the iPad’s usage, the battery was made bigger, thus the bulkier case of the device. With this, regular usage is claimed at 10hrs while 4G mode is expected to reach up to 9hrs. The new iPad weighs 1.4lbs and is 9.4mm thick.

The expected availability of the new iPad is on March 16th.  The 16GB version costs $499, the 32GB and 64GB will be $599 and $699. The 4G versions will be $629, $729 and $829 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. Pre-orders start today in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, others will follow on March 23rd.

 

Source: engadget

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